On Studying Abroad as a Nursing Student and Sharing Stories with Others

Aug 6, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

A CAPA Study Abroad Alumna and Ambassador Interview with Sharon Sanchez

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Meet Sharon Sanchez, a Riverside City College student studying to be a registered nurse. She studied abroad in Florence, an experience that helped her grow both personally and professionally. Below, she talked a bit more about her first impressions of the city, why she applied to be a CAPA Ambassador, and shares how this experience will impact her future career. 

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An Alumna's Top 10 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

Jan 10, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2016_From Emily Pahl3.jpgWords by Emily Pahl, a hospitality and tourism management major at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who studied abroad with CAPA London during spring semester 2016.

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Ever since I was young, I have always had the travel bug. Constantly wanting to explore somewhere new, immerse myself in a culture other than my own, and push myself out of my comfort zone. Finally, my junior year of college, I got the chance to fulfill this urge by studying abroad.

Since I had this insane travel bug, choosing a city and country to live in for the next four months was a challenging decision to say the least. How was I supposed to just choose one?! After lots of thought and consideration, I chose to study abroad in London. Traveling is not for everyone; many people choose to stay in their host country their whole time abroad and really get to know the country. That’s fine! In fact, I wish I had spent more time in my host country. But, if you are like me and want to travel as much as possible while abroad, I would highly recommend basing yourself in London. Not only does London offer about four different airports to fly in and out from, it is easily accessible from anywhere in Europe. Though the city itself is rather expensive, it is the most convenient for travel.

Living somewhere where it is convenient to travel is just half the battle. The next step is figuring out how to travel…especially as a broke college student like myself. Here are ten categories breaking down the best ways to save money while traveling.

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Why I Love Being a CAPA Ambassador (& Why You Should Become One Too!)

Oct 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Words by Paul Woodward, a Communication Arts major from Hood College and CAPA London study abroad alum who is now a CAPA ambassador.

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Becoming a CAPA ambassador for Hood College has been a fantastic opportunity to me to spread the word about the three months that changed my life earlier this year.

Being one of two ambassadors for my school means that I get to develop a much deeper relationship with Hood’s Study Abroad Office, and, of course, meet the new faces who are interested in taking their studies overseas. Professionally speaking, it’s been a fantastic opportunity to grow my skills in planning, coordinating events, and public speaking.

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Meet CAPA's Fall 2015 Ambassadors

Aug 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Taking part in a semester-long leadership program after returning to the States from study abroad programs across the world, CAPA ambassadors share their experience with others on their home campus, play an important role in building support for study abroad more generally and engage with students considering a program in the near future.

Being accepted onto the Ambassador Program gives CAPA alumni access to a career-building opportunity with tangible work experience and the chance to expand their on-campus network as well as improve on time management, interpersonal and communication skills. Our 2015 ambassadors are available for a chat via email.

Please enjoy browsing their profiles below, feel free to reach out about their study abroad experience and join us in congratulating them on their position as CAPA Ambassadors this Fall!

Luz_ArregocesLUZ ARREGOCES 
Study abroad city: Dublin, Ireland  
Home institution: University of Massachusetts at Amherst 
Major: Communications 
Internship site: Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Accomplishments: Studying abroad helped me become more independent and get over my fear of being too homesick! I have always been very attached to not only my family, but my hometown and close friends. By traveling to a new country and living there for four months, I learned that I really am capable of adjusting to new surroundings. Each person I met brought something new to the table. I was able to learn a million things that you cannot learn strictly in a classroom. This is something that will be of major importance to me for the rest of my life.
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Meet CAPA's Spring 2015 Ambassadors

Jan 13, 2015 12:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Taking part in a semester-long leadership program after returning to the States from study abroad programs across the world, CAPA ambassadors share their experience with others on their home campus, play an important role in building support for study abroad more generally and engage with students considering a program in the near future.

Being accepted onto the Ambassador Program gives CAPA alumni access to a career-building opportunity with tangible work experience and the chance to expand their on-campus network as well as improve on time management, interpersonal and communication skills. Our 2015 ambassadors are available for a chat via email, and sometimes Facebook as well.

Please enjoy browsing their profiles below, feel free to reach out about their study abroad experience and join us in congratulating them on their position as CAPA Ambassadors this Spring!

katherineKATHERINE BARNEKOW
Study abroad city: London, England  
Home institution: Rollins College
Major: Philosophy
Internship site: Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
Accomplishments: During my semester in London, I undertook an Independent Research Project sponsored by CAPA. Using a combination of academic research, personal and professional interviews, and a gathering of news sources, I produced a joint qualitative and quantitative study on a program of the British Prime Minister David Cameron known as "The Big Society" and its effect on British women. This project allowed me further exposure to and immersion within British culture, while also furthering my academic experience in the field, contributing to my future studies, and giving me the opportunity to see a fairly major project through from start to finish - a personally rewarding task. In the end I was able to make new connections with a number of people in and around London, produce a piece of work that I was proud of, improve upon research and writing skills that will be helpful for years to come, and was awarded the CAPA Record of Achievement at the end of my semester abroad. Working on this project throughout my time in London was a great way to both enhance my academic experience and to really push myself to get the most out of CAPA experience.
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